Take Care of Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

| Heart Disease & Stroke

Valentine’s Day is all about romance and showing those you love how much you care. This year show your loved ones you care by taking care of their heart this Valentine’s Day. Focus on having a healthy Valentine’s Day celebration and keep your New Year’s goals in mind. Here are some tips to help you think heart healthy this holiday:

Skip the sweets and treats. If your special valentine is focused on maintaining a healthy weight, consider purchasing strawberries or a fruit basket/arrangement instead of the traditional box of chocolates. Consider a gift that doesn’t involve food like a bouquet of flowers, healthy cookbook, personal training sessions or a day spa gift certificate. Even a homemade valentine card and some quality time can be a meaningful way to show your affection.

Dine in. A great way to save calories, money and avoid crowds is to cook a meal at home. Find a healthy meal that you can cook and enjoy a healthier dessert that involves fruit like strawberry shortcake. Check out some heart healthy recipes here.   https://recipes.heart.org/

Keep it moderate. Valentine’s Day is a time for laughter, fun and food. Having a small slice of cake or a truffle will not ruin your goals. Moderation is key. And if you receive some chocolates or treats on the special day, share them with others or enjoy them in moderation over the next several weeks.

Swap the treats. If your kids are having a Valentine’s Day party at their school or day care, instead of sending candies, consider raisins, grapes, whole-grain pretzels, colored pencils or stickers as tokens of their friendly affection.

Take a long, romantic walk with your loved one – and try to make it a regular habit. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity each week to help keep your heart healthy. You can reach this goal by walking briskly for at least 30 minutes five days each week.
 

Try something new – This year you don’t have to avoid all these yummy treats, or feel guilty when you indulge.  We have come up with Valentine’s Day sweet swaps you can use to enjoy the holiday and exercise moderation.

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